Cindy Crawford: ‘I never quite felt that I was really married’ to Richard Gere

The last time I talked about Cindy Crawford’s new memoir, Becoming, I hoped she’d dish some serious dirt on either the fashion industry or her previous relationships. Instead, she played it safe by discussing aging tips and appearance stuff. She’s gradually releasing more excerpts and tossing a little well-placed shade at Richard Gere. Cindy doesn’t call him any names, but she hints at how she “really” never felt married to him. I’m so old that I remember hearing about their wedding and feeling surprised because it happened too fast. Cindy felt that way too, and she also says her wedding ceremony and marriage to Rande Gerber is more “authentic.” Some excerpts:

Her quickie marriage to Gere: “After work one day Richard had proposed marriage, and we flew to Vegas that night for a quickie wedding with a few friends. While there is some charm to getting married at The Little Chapel of the West and then going to Denny’s afterward for some celebratory pancakes, I never quite felt that I was really married. I remember the next day being at a car wash in L.A. and hearing the radio DJ announcing my wedding and congratulating us – it was surreal.”

She and Gerber had an “authentic, down-to-earth” wedding in the Bahamas: “I wanted to look like the best version of the girl Rande loves waking up to every morning. Rather than have my dad walk me down the aisle and ‘give me away,’ Rande and I chose to walk each other down the stairs that led to the beach and the ceremony.”

On her two pregnancies: “I wanted a baby so much, I was willing to sacrifice my body, but I didn’t have to like it. My waist is thicker, my boobs lost some of their perkiness, and I often have dark circles under my eyes from sleep deprivation. Becoming a parent and learning to love a child are probably the most selfless things a person can do. I hope that I can forever be a source of unconditional love to my children – just like my mom was for me.”

On losing thunder to her daughter, Kaia: “I wish I could say it was easy. I always tease my daughter – who everyone agrees, is a mini-me – and say ‘You have my old hair – I want it back!’ or, ‘You have my old legs – I want them back.’ She just giggles and says ‘It’s my turn now.'”

[From Daily Mail & People]

Well, it sounds like Gere swept Cindy off her stiletto heels, and she got caught up in the whirlwind of a rebellious Vegas wedding. Then the media got a hold of the relationship, and I can see why it felt like a spectacle. Whereas I recall hearing about Cindy and Rande for awhile before they got hitched, and now they’ve been together for 17 years and counting.

Cindy revealed more about her daughter, Kaia, too. Mom says the only time Kaia willingly listens to her (she is a teenager, after all) is when she gives modeling tips. Kaia is now 14 and tiptoeing into modeling after a brief stint at age 10 (Cindy decided she was too young at the time). It’s amazing how much Kaia resembles Cindy. Yes, they are mother and daughter, but it’s like looking into a time machine.

Here’s Cindy visiting GMA on Tuesday morning. She looks fantastic.

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. Nude says:

    Ewww… I know she’s half joking but talking about your daughter stealing your thunder on such superficial things? Weird! The daughter is cute and has Cindy’s eyes but her mum’s prettier. I remember Cindy’s terrible venture into acting in Fair Game with Billy Baldwin. She was so bad it was laughable. Richard Gere’s done some good charity work but I always remember some story about him being a terrible snob and telling a waiter off for not knowing his wines. After their divorce, Cindy said something about him being a two-minute man in bed, saying that sex lasts much longer in movies than in real life.

    • funckes says:

      Dammit you beat me to it. I also remember her disaterous venture into acting. It was a total disaster. The she had that vapid show on MTV “House of style” were she would announce “Model trick” and demonstrate who to put on a shoe. I’m sure she thought being Mrs Geer was going to open doors.

      And now she has all these commercials hawking antiaging cream when its obvious Cindy has had extensive face work.

      Cindy is vapid and self-centered as ever. Even when talking about her child she makes all about her instead of just saying she loved her and wish her well in life.

      Richard dodged that bullet.

      • Loopy says:

        Was it Fair Game ? She had some of the worst reviews in history, I think she dared to act again.

      • funckes says:

        Yup. And Billy Baldwin made it know that working with Cindy was not a happy experience.

      • fee says:

        With is wrong w/ this woman. She is vapid and superficial, “willing to sacrifice my body for a baby,learning to love a baby”.does she even hear the crop she says. Hope her daughter has a better head on her shoulders and a strong esteem with a mother who shades her at every opportunity.

      • boredblond says:

        I wasn’t sure till I saw these new pics, but somebody got their eyes done..cantaloupe goo can’t do that.

      • Marrrrria says:

        But “House of Style” had young & hot Jon Stewart on! Even if one has to endure Cindys “TV charms”, he’s worth it 😀

      • zinjojo says:

        I loved “Todd Time” on House of Style! Takes me back to the 90s just thinking of it. It was totally silly and fun.

    • jennifer says:

      Yeah, it’s just one quote but that came across as sad and unhealthy. I have a daughter that age and – no. It’s just weird.

    • It'sJustBlanche says:

      She was always my least favorite of the 80s supermodels and she always seemed so vapid and self-important. I guess some things never change.

      • Franca says:

        I never even found her all that pretty. Her kid doesn’t look anything like her, apart from having the same colouring.

    • Kate says:

      I remember – I’m pretty sure I recall reading this back in the day – that Gere didn’t want to get married and Cindy gave him an ultimatum. Gere then ‘popped the question,’ they wed in Vegas, and 3 or so years later, an ’empire building’ Crawford (according to a Vanity Fair article) dumped him. Crawford was quoted saying she disagreed with Gere’s philosophies re: Dalai Lama and capitalism. She was also photographed dancing with Sylvester Stallone, which Gere objected to – according to the tabloids, so grain of salt – but thereafter the horrible gerbil stories started circulating, which some have attributed to Stallone.

      That’s all I’ve got.

      • ladysussex says:

        I remember Cindy saying in an interview (if I’m not mistaken it was on David Lettermen?) that he married her because she cried and begged and pressured him into marrying her, which was the reason for their very casual nuptials. I remember it so well because at the time, I thought it was so strange that a supermodel would have to cry and beg to get a man to marry her.

    • evermore says:

      They were a gorgeous couple.
      I saw Cindy in person a couple of times and she was so gorgeous.
      What I liked is that she was NOT Skinny, she was solidly built lady.

      I didn’t think she was as bad in Fair Game as the press made out. She was ok.

      Richard married another model/actress. Now divorced or divorcing, I think.

    • Jib says:

      I think the daughter is pretty but she’s not as pretty as her mom. If her mother wasn’t famous, she’d have no chance as a model. She looks short, also.

      Weird quotes. Having to learn to love your child? Sacrifice her body for it? Do people really think that way? She looks the same to me. How incredibly self-absorbed. I wonder if she is jealous of George?

  2. MrsBB says:

    Gawd, they were hot!

  3. Loopy says:

    I just think its rude when people are so dismissive of their former relationships(with exception to it being an abusive relationship or something negative). But if the other person has never had a bad word to say about you, why bother mentioning it.

    • vauvert says:

      Exactly. A short marriage about what, twenty years ago? And you felt less than married because… No big party? How deep and thoughtful. I used to like her as a model but she grates now. Sacrificing her body for pregnancy, well I tell you! So vapid.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        Considering that Cindy’s main job revolved around her face and body, I don’t think it’s vapid that she considered pregnancy to be “sacrificing” her body. Her work standards are much different from most of ours. I get it.

    • Josephine says:

      I think we try too hard to see shade where there is none. I think she was saying that they didn’t really think about getting married, that it was impulsive and fun but then not quite real. She’s said lots of nice things about Richard, and I took her comment to be much more about her than him.

      • Kosmos says:

        I agree with this. I don’t think anything she said was meant to throw shade. She and Richard got married too quickly and then saw that they were not the best partners, so then they were divorced, which was smart. This can happen. She was young and impulsive. But then she met Rande and he was apparently a good match and they seem like a very nice family together. I don’t at all have issues with her saying she sacrificed her body to have children. We all know that this can change the body immensely. She’s a model and she was just saying she knew that changes would take place, but she wanted children more. Her daughter is only 14 now, but she may grow to be taller than both Cindy and Rande. I’m not sure why she is even talking about her marriage to Gere here unless someone questioned her and she felt compelled to discuss it. It’s history.

  4. lisa says:

    meh, they could have always had a bigger ceremony after the fact if it really bothered her

  5. Nancy says:

    Don’t worry Cindy, I’m pretty sure he felt the same way. She was arm candy for sure, but I read she was very jealous of Julia Roberts while Richard was filming Pretty Woman with her. If you look like she did and she was still insecure about herself, that’s a problem. She is better off with the one she married the second time around.

    • Ronda says:

      cheating is not always about looks. i think she is better looking than Julia Roberts but Julia does not have problems with taken men and Richard certainly no problem with stepping out on his women. so yeah even the most beautiful woman will feel jealousy, especially when you are with an actor. you cant have any jealousy when you are dating an actor, it would destroy you.

      • Nancy says:

        True. But in Cindy’s case, I have the feeling looks are just about everything. When a pap took a pic of her on the beach not looking very pretty or desirable at all, she or Rande posted an air brushed pic of her looking 20 years old. Julia was the it girl at the time and stories of Cindy’s jealousy were rampant. She couldn’t handle Richard. He is a handsome, intelligent and religious man. But….still, the most famous story is the gerbil. Go figure.

  6. Kami says:

    There were a lot of stories about how it was a beard marriage for Gere. And by a lot I mean it was so bad that Gere had to give a People Magazine (I think, could have been another publication) interview to dispel those stories. So when she says that it did not feel like an “authentic marriage”, she could be throwing shade in that direction. Either hinting that the rumors were right or just gleefully stoking those old fires for the hell of it. It is a strange turn of phrase especially considering the very loud whispers of the day.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Didn’t they take out a full page ad in Variety (I think, I may be wrong) that denied they were divorcing, and then you know divorce a short time later. Seems like both were a little off in the marriage.

    • funckes says:

      There were unfounded media stories about both being gay. For a long time they ignored the rumors because Richard thought it would be an insult to his gay friends to deny and make it as though being gay was a bad thing.

      The only reason they were under such scrutiny is because of a old unfounded rumor about Richard and a gerbil

      • Kami says:

        The gay Gere rumors preceded the gerbil story. In fact the gerbil story is one of those urban legends that was ascribed to more than a few people. It went “oh I heard that (insert star name) is such a perv, he sticks furry animals you know where and one day he couldnt get it out, so he was rushed to a hospital where the nurse was a cousin of my old class mates ex wifes hairdresser”. The story stuck with Gere firstly because he was already rumored to be gay and in those days that just meant deviant and secondly because Stallone who hated Gere kept retelling the “joke”.

        But yes now that I think about, Cindy was also linked to a specific woman said to be her girlfriend.

      • crtb says:

        I never ever understood the gay rumors. They continued for many many years. Nothing wrong with being gay but why keep saying stuff about people that isn’t true. Both people had been in long term relationship with people of the opposite sex, so why did the media persist in keeping that lie alive?

      • Kami says:

        I cant say why the rumors hang around for so many decades. Maybe theres something to the stories or maybe it is fiction. I do know though that long term opposite sex marriage does not mean that an individual is straight. I really dont think anybody cares about them anymore though. I have no clue what Geres up to these days and Cindys relevance stems from her vacations with Clooney, so…

      • Zombie Shortcake says:

        The KD Lang Vanity Fair issue fueled rumors that Crawford was/is gay.

    • ladysussex says:

      What is strange is that the R. Gere gerbil rumors were so rampant (who can believe that they are true??) and also rumors that he was/is on the down low. And her new husband Rande Gerber has also had a lot of the same rumors, in fact blind items through the years about him and George Clooney. I just don’t know what to believe about these rumors, but they keep coming back in blinds. If it is true, than more power to Cindy for finding the kind of marriage that works for her. If she’s ok with his extracurricular activities, then who are we to judge?

  7. Delta Juliet says:

    But, to compare a very brief marriage to one that has lasted 17 years is silly anyway. Of course it seems insignificant at this point.

    And who’s Cindy kidding? Her body is still amazing.

  8. me says:

    Her daughter resembles Rachel Bilson more than Cindy.

    • Canadian Becks says:

      Oh good, I’m not the only one who sees the resemblance between Rachel Bilson and Cindy Crawford. I’ve thought that for many years.

      And while there is of course a likeness between mother and daughter, I think the daughter’s eyes are a tad too close set, something that I think Rande Gerber also has. I think people look better with wider-spaced eyes. In portraiture, the rule-of-thumb is to space the eyes one eye apart. However, I think if you space it a fraction more generously, it leads to a more attractive face.

      I would give more credit to the HAIR (similar colour, being worn in a similar style) as being the thing that gives her the look of “Cindy Crawford’s Mini-Me”.

    • pf says:

      Yeah, I think the daughter resembles Rande (I can’t with that name) more than Cindy. If their son wasn’t blonde it would be obvious how much he looks like Cindy.

      • Misulinka says:

        @pf says: So I always knew I will laugh about the Rande name, and the moment came finally, thank you!

      • Jib says:

        I just looked him up and he’s a LOT better looking than the daughter! He does look like Cindy. Handsome boy! The girl is cute. But no way is she model material.

    • Nina says:

      I think so too but I think the daughter is much cuter prettier than Cindy was. I never thought she was all that, when I was young, and I was about her age in the day. But I see now retrospectively that she was quite attractive. Still I think her daughter s features are more uniform and pretty.

  9. Jayna says:

    No, that’s not how it went down. He didn’t sweep her off her feet and she didn’t get got caught up in the moment.

    She was pressuring him for marriage big time. She gave him an ultimatum. He was in a state about it. He didn’t want to get married. He finally did it so he wouldn’t lose her, his words. So he did it as painlessly as possible for him, just going off quickly and doing it, basically so he wouldn’t get cold feet.

    I get why that beginning to the marriage made it feel that way and they were both off working a lot also.

    • Mrs. Wellen Melon says:

      That’s exactly what I remember, too. Lots of stories about Gere not really believing in marriage and Cindy Crawford angling for it. She gave an ultimatum and he gave in. There were a lot of stories about that at the time.

      • Snappyfish says:

        THIS!! Let’s not forget she was with Gerber BEFORE she took up with Gere. I remember reading an article in Esquire when she referred to Gere as the first person I dated who was a bigger celeb than she was. Seriously? Never liked her but agree she was lovely on the runway but v v full of herself (my major was chemical engineering…however I dropped out after 1 semester blah blah) she ate a ding dong on Rosie O’Donnell’s show then announced that sales for ding dongs skyrocketed after. I doubt nabisco or whoever made those things would have made such a survey. It was those statements from the past added to her new revelations in her book “learning to love a child” which makes her insufferable

        The Trinity was Linda, Christy(my favorite) & Naomi with Claudia, Cindy, Stephanie & then Kate brought in the age of the waif. She was a big part of the hay day of modeling when who was walking the runway was as impressive as what runway they walked.

      • Argirl says:

        @snappyfish I used to work for the worlds largest retailer. I can guarantee that each company knows exactly how much of each product they sell every hour. That is absolutely something that would be known.

      • Snappyfish says:

        @argirl. I’m sure your are 100% correct & thanks for clearing that up & if her announcement had been made a week or so later I would have bought it but Crawford made the claim the next day. I understand taping and the like but she said “I ate a ding dong yesterday & today sales have gone through the roof… It was just another grandiose statement of her awesomeness. Sadly she needn’t have bothered as she was a v v big deal in the modeling world when models mattered. I think that is what irks me so much about her. She had an amazing career & what looks like a nice life. It’s her constant quest to let you know she is just that much better than everyone else.

      • lucy says:

        What I like about Cindy is that her attitude has always been the OPPOSITE of being full of herself. It was that she grew up longing be a mom, but then this career and super/model fame happened and she decided to go for it while she could (thinking it wouldn’t last long) — all the while being kind of amazed by it from her own insider perspective. Like I would if it were me suddenly getting attention from celebrities and getting magazine covers, I’d be like, ‘Is this really happening? To ME?’. You know, NOT feeling entitled to the attention, not expecting it, but, rather, astonished by it as it developed, and riding it out, because ‘OK, why not?’.

        She used to talk about differentiating herself from her fame, in a way that I could relate to if for some reason I ever became famous: the fame, and people’s reaction to her budding celebrated persona, were mind-blowing, but hey, ride it out and see where it goes.

        She was smart about her business ventures. No skeaze, scandal, or drugs. Bought her mom a house. Took her sisters on vacations every year. Made charitable donations. She always seemed very down to earth — almost as though her career was merely a fantasy that she — and all of us — could peer vicariously into.

        In interviews she communicated healthy messages about not needing to look perfect for photo shoots and emphasizing that everything is airbrushed, and that what we see in the glossies is retouched and is not like that in Real Life. Don’t worry about having blemishes! Have curves, don’t starve yourself, you don’t have to be perfect! Be empowered! These were her messages from the beginning. She demonstrated an amused sense of wonder at how Big Fame happened to her, as though she were a spy revealing to us what it’s like now that she became an unlikely infiltrator in the beauty/fashion biz.

        Totally, utterly, the opposite of the vapid vulgar crass inappropriate sense of self-entitlement that pseudo-celebs famewhores exhibit in prevalence this past decade or so. She raised the bar with her realness, and mocked fame and had fun with it, and benefited from it. I won’t, and can’t, knock her for benefiting from it. She showed up on time and took her responsibilities seriously. No slacking, solid work ethic.

        I have been dismayed by revelations of her insecurities; I was hoping she’d convey a better attitude about embracing aging — much like I wish Cher would, too. Hearing Cindy kvetch about the aging process is on par with her girl-next-door down-to-earthness, but I guess I hoped for more insight from her, given her vast experience and resources.

        Maybe the takeaway is: if a legit supermodel is not immune to insecurities about her looks then maybe the rest of us are unfairly projecting our idealism onto her about what being famous and rich and beautiful is.

        Remember, fame is what others think of you, not what you think of yourself.

        I’m surprised by all the dismissiveness and shade from Celebitches towards Cindy. There is seemingly no end to the amount of truly pathetic people desperately willing to vie for fame in our society at the expense of dignity and integrity and reason. But Cindy is not one of them.

  10. Cindy is still gorgeous. She was a 6/8 back when she modeled; by today’s standards (all the 0 and 00 models) she’d be lucky to get catalog work.

    • evermore says:

      The they were gorgeous those Supermodels…It’s my favorite era the 80’s,90’s VOGUES, Harpers Bazaar, then Allure came……which was like SuperModel guide book. I loved those magazines back then.
      Exactly by todays standards several of the Top 80’S ,90’S models like Cindy, Claudia, etc would be considered plus size, which is INSANE. I loved the Supermodels of the 80’s,90’s era they had healthy bodies and weren’t skinny minnies size 0 like many today.

      I always loved Cindy’s personality when she modeled, she seemed so easy going, level headed.

  11. Shelley says:

    Cindy and Richard made a beautiful couple. I was really young, but remember being disappointed they were getting divorced. I had posters of both of them on my wall ;(

    • evermore says:

      They were gorgeous couple yes.

      My Grandmother always confused Cindy with Julia Roberts during the Pretty woman phase and would tell me Richard married Julia Roberts…..She couldn’t tell them apart for some reason. LOL

  12. Kristen says:

    I don’t think her daughter looks much like her at all. Definitely not “like looking into a time machine.”

  13. Nev says:

    Cindy C. Love her.

  14. Calcifer says:

    I remember an interview with Cindy, about a year after she divorced Richard, in which she told that the separation from Richard had been really hard for her. And that on some days she felt like calling him up to ask: ‘Can’t we just try [to be together] again?’ I loved that she was so honest about it. And it was a consolation to me back then that even the most beautiful women could have a hard time with a breakup. At that age I thought if you were only beautiful enough, you would be protected from heartbreak 🙂

    • crtb says:

      I use to believe the same thing for most of my adult life.

      • Calcifer says:

        I hope you feel a bit more nuanced about that now, crtb, and that life has brought you some happiness. If not with men, then with yourself or with friends, family, or even pets. Take care.

    • tessy says:

      I thought she’s the one who asked for the divorce. The urban legend here in town is that they came to a local rich people’s hotel for a getaway and that’s where she told him she wanted a divorce.

  15. Aren says:

    She said she was jealous of how models these days have social media. She should be glad it wasn’t available 30 years ago because she would have probably ruined her own chances for a career.

  16. OrigialTessa says:

    Kaia is cute, but she’s no Cindy Crawford. Come on.

    • Naddie says:

      True. It’s the same case of Johnny Depp’s daugther. Pretty, but average.

    • Sarah says:

      Didn’t we make some mutual agreement not to shit bag the looks of children on this site after the trauma faced by the Willis girls?

      Can you genuinely not imagine how hard it would be to be a super model’s teenage daughter even without every Jim and Sue proclaiming confidently that she’s nothing compared to her mother. Like seriously. What do you hope to achieve with comments like that?

      Cindy is a proud mother with a beautiful daughter. Show some damn human compassion!

      • Josephine says:

        I completely agree. The kid is 14, a tough age even if she was born to privilege. Besides, she hasn’t even grown into her looks yet. Cindy was a pretty child, but I bet no one was thinking super-model.

  17. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Full disclosure-I’ve never thought she was particularly smart or nice. So almost everything she said got on my nerves. I just think it’s unnecessary to dis your former husband that you pressured into marriage (maybe that’s why it didn’t feel real), gross to be jealous of your daughter’s youth, and even grosser to tell her so (how is she supposed to react to that?) stupid to say that learning to love your own child is the most selfless thing you can do (that comes naturally for most people I know) and unaware to act like you have all these beauty secrets when what you have is good genes and a good plastic surgeon. Hers has always been an empty beauty to me.

    • vauvert says:

      Agree with all your comments. But I don’t expect any better from someone who thinks that losing your waist to pregnancy is such a sacrifice. Get over it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Right? Sooo selfless.

      • vauvert says:

        🙂 Eyeroll. And yeah, not feeling married because we didn’t have a huge party with a lavish reception and the paps getting shots of me in a spectacular gown. I can see why you would not feel very married, you poor thing.
        It’ funny, she is only a bit older than I am and obviously has a much nicer figure than I do but I look at her face and then I look at mine and nope, wouldn’t trade. Not sure whether it is the procedures, the tanning, the sunken eyes or what, but she looks harsh and looks her age. I guess when your entire life has been about your looks it is difficult to get older.

      • Zwella Ingrid says:

        Agree with all that’s been said. Definitely think she looks harsh now, and despite whatever she is doing or has done, is showing her age now.

    • noway says:

      I agree with what you said, but I didn’t really think she was that vapid until recently. I remember all the PR about how smart she was and the stories about her brother who died young of some disease. She was a wholesome smart girl from the midwest who fell into modeling. I guess I was younger too and believed the PR. The jealousy of her daughter is just so bad, and I agree it isn’t selfless to love your child. It is the easiest thing, and I have a mini-me too, and have never felt one ounce of jealousy. Just yuck!!!!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Right. I mean, I know you have to DO many selfless things in relation to being a parent, but learning to love your own child? Didn’t you fall in love the instant they put your mini-me in your arms? I just thought that was a strange comment.

      • noway says:

        One thing about looks I did notice when I had a daughter mini-me was that I look at her and all I see is her beauty. I never felt like that when I looked at myself at 14. Also, she will complain about something looks wise that I remember complaining about, and I try to make her see in the long run it doesn’t matter. The whole thing is very self reflecting, and it makes me sad that Cindy sees that she wishes she had her legs back.

      • EN says:

        > One thing about looks I did notice when I had a daughter mini-me was that I look at her and all I see is her beauty. I never felt like that when I looked at myself at 14

        Noway, you know, that is such a good observation. Through our kids we learn to love and accept ourselves.
        As women we grow up with so much criticism and also self-doubt. But now I look at my kids and how beautiful they are , and realize all those beautiful things I had myself that I never appreciated.

      • Mispronounced Name Dropper says:

        It’s easy to say you love your child. The real test is how well you can put them before yourself and sacrifice your own self interests for them. Sometimes it can be as simple as having to push yourself to put down your mobile device and get off the couch to engage with them even when you feel exhausted and just want to zone out. But you make the effort because you know they deserve your attention. Other times it involves masking your disappointment with life and keeping up a brave front so your negativity doesn’t effect them. As for feelings of love, as a parent I always know I love my kids and share their happiness and feel their pain. But the demands and stresses of life can overwhelm those loving feelings at times even though you always know they are there. So during those periods you just have to fake it until you make it.

      • Petrichor says:

        @Mispronounced Thanks so much for saying this. I’m going through a very rough patch with my 4-year-old at the moment, and am definitely in fake it till you make it mode. I love him unconditionally, but I’m tired and frustrated, and some days feel like I’m barely keeping it together. It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

    • Kitten says:

      YES! I am so happy you’re here to say exactly what I’m thinking. You save me so much trouble, Gnatmeister.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I guess I need somebody to explain to me why she needed to learn to love her children. Did she not bond? Did she need coaching, teaching, what? I don’t get it. It all sounds so creepily jealous and resentful. Seriously, who doesn’t love their child when it’s born – Heck, in utero before it’s even born. It very much seems as though she was bitter at having to give up some of her before-children life. We all give up some things but we make that choice and having a baby brings so much new depth to your life, what’s to miss? What the Hell is she talking about?

      • Josephine says:

        Maybe it was just an odd way of stating it. And maybe she did have problems bonding. It happens more often than women admit, and it’s not surprising given that people will judge you and rip you apart if you don’t immediately leave your entire life behind and love your child unconditionally. For Heaven’s sake, can we just stop ripping apart every woman for every little thing she says? I think there is no evidence that she doesn’t adore her kids, and the banter about losing her legs to her kid was pretty amusing.

    • lucy says:

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I have no quarrel with your opinion about her beauty. But I sense a lack of understanding about what it feels like to really really really want to get married and start a family, and when one thinks one has her Prince Charming, but he won’t seal the deal — that can really challenge the healthiest (and especially the unhealthiest) self-esteem levels.

      So I offer another perspective. What I got from her comments about not feeling married to Gere is that the wedding felt half-assed, insincere, inauthentic. Not that she was bumming it wasn’t some blowout gala, just that not enough sincerity and preparedness went into the actual marriage, as mirrored revealingly by the condition and circumstances of the wedding itself.

      I liken it to an abuser giving the abused the thing the abused wants so very much, but does so in a way that diminishes the thing the abused person wants — to the point of the abused person not wanting it anymore because the thing becomes the diminishment and is ultimately only the representation of what was wanted. Unfulfilling! (And unfulfilling with good reason, as that is was not freely and wholly given.)

  18. sar says:

    I always give a huge side eye to moms that are jealous of their daughters. I have seen this and it is not pretty or healthy. Yes it sucks getting older, but just be proud that you created a healthy good kid.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      I saw a really creepy movie about that with Shayleen Woodly and Christopher Meloni as the main characters. It was low-budget but still really good. First performance I saw of Woodly and she was very good. White Bird in a Blizzard. Check it out.

      • Pamela says:

        I saw this movie too and remember liking it.

        I actually don’t remember it being about that, but that is because these days everything I watch or read goes in one ear and out the other. I don’t retain ANY of it. I usually remember if I liked it or not though.

    • tessy says:

      Oh, me too. I’ve always just about busted myself with pride and happiness over my daughter and her achievements.

  19. Dogmom says:

    Do you gals think her PR people give Gere’s PR people a heads up when she’s gonna start talking about him? Her words seem well crafted to follow a narrative established years ago.

    And, ftr, he’s said similar things about Crawford when discussing his marriage to Lowell.

  20. megs283 says:

    LOL. I lost my waist to cookies, pregnancy is just the icing on the cake. 🙂

  21. GEM says:

    Cindy’s one of the most insecure beautiful women on earth. All she does is talk about her body and trying to accept it. Like girl, you’re perfectly lovely. She told a story about being pregnant and walking on the beach with Rande. They saw a cute girl pass them wearing a bikini and Cindy said “I miss my body” Rande said “So do I”. Can only imagine the body image issues their daughter has.

    • OrigialTessa says:

      Having your worth tied up in how you look in a bikini has always seemed a particularly sad existence to me. Like, that’s your goal, that’s what your life is about… How sad.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Yes because talk about temporary. Some day it’s going to be gone and there is nothing – no doctor, no surgery, no creams, etc. that can stop. It is going to happen. Hope those that hold that achievement high have other goals or they will have nothing when they lose that one.

      • Jib says:

        This morning it was raining, so I didn’t do anything with my hair, nor did I use an umbrella. I laughed whenI thought of how vain I used to be when I was a “pretty girl.” It’s so freeing to be a cool, middle-aged woman who loves herself, even with my fat, flaws and wrinkles. I feel badly for Cindy. My gorgeous daughter, inside and out, is my joy.

  22. shannon says:

    Cindy is no doubt still gorgeous, but you can tell she looks tweaked. It’s only going to get worse because she’s been fighting the aging thing for over ten years now. Hopefully she’s got a better surgeon than Madonna.

    • Jayna says:

      In one photo and interview for this book it’s obvious she put some filler in her cheeks and then dark blush that made them stand out even more. She looked pretty if she just didn’t have those cheeks that looked fake at angles.

      I have been so rough on Madonna and her plastic surgery, but, dayum, if she doesn’t look so pretty on her new tour. Everything is balanced and more relaxed and settled on her face these days and she’s laughing and smiling on stage.

      A shot on stage of her performing an ’80s hit, Burning Up.

    • PennyLane says:

      This is the best she’s looked in years.

      It was always so surprising to see how much work Cindy Crawford got done starting when she was only in her late thirties – all the injectables and tons of fillers and stuff. I would have expected someone with dark hair, olive skin, and excellent bone structure to age far more gracefully.

  23. noway says:

    Cindy Crawford used to be the intelligent super model. The one who was valedictorian who gave up a prestigious college, because modeling was very lucrative at the time. I think a lot of people thought she would pull a Brooke Shields or Jodie Foster and go back to school after her career dwindled a bit. No she didn’t and listening to her comments especially about her daughter, although they are a joke, she really seems so shallow and vapid now. At almost 50, get over it!!! I realize her whole life has been beauty, and she is still one of the best looking almost 50 year olds you will ever see, but your looks cannot define you at 50.

    • EN says:

      Exactly – shallow and vapid. I can’t even distinguish between her and Julia Roberts anymore, they look the same to me and sound as vapid as each other.
      No original thought in their heads.

    • Jayna says:

      The part in an interview where she talked about her daughter missing a birthday party because she had to work as a model and the importance of being professional. The daughter was only 12 or 14 and she’s put her into that modeling arena so young. It was just such an odd comment. Why should her daughter at that age miss a birthday party, hers or a friend’s? I couldn’t tell which it was. Why should she be worried about doing a shoot?

      • Canadian Becks says:

        Obviously, any child of Cindy and her tequila-pushing husband would not HAVE to model. It’s also obvious that she derives an ego-boost out of saying, “oh, Kaia has to miss the birthday party….because she has a modelling gig, don’t ya know!”

    • Anne says:

      Yes, I’m developing the same impression of her from some of her recent comments. . .

  24. Loonie toons says:

    All I can see when I look at her now is Caitlin Jenner – they could seriously be twins!!

  25. perplexed says:

    She’s physically very beautiful, but sometimes it feels like there’s no “there” there with this one. I could be wrong. But some kind of emptiness emanates from her beauty. So while I might wonder what it’s like to get that kind of constant attention for your looks, I don’t know if I necessarily aspire to look like her.

    • feverdream says:

      I get exactly what you’re saying. Cindy Crawford has *never* had anything to say for 25 years. She’s like Kelly Bensimmon but less outwardly crazy but she”s still pretty crazy for saying these things about her daughter.

      I bet we’re going to get some serious Mommy Dearest memoir out of that one.

    • Christin says:

      Even though she’s roughly my age, I never paid much attention to her. But this interview makes her sound empty and shallow. She’s not going to deal well with aging. Her lack of being thankful for just having her *health* amazes me. Seems completely self-absorbed.

    • Petee says:

      She has no sense of humor is what it is.She was my favorite in the nineties but she has always been very bland in the personality department.I heard her on the Howard Stern show the day before this was posted.A lot of people are taking what they are reading completely wrong about her daughter and Richard Gere.She was nice on the show and that’s about it.Dumb?No.Vapid?No.Kim Kardashian cornered the market on that one but is she exciting or entertaining?Not really.If she hadn’t been so beautiful she would never have been noticed.

      • Sunshine Gold says:

        So agree. She was always so professional and together but extremely boooooring. And now with this teen daughter getting so much attention, she’s really revealing herself to be so insecure and catty.

  26. Naddie says:

    What an idiotic, vapid woman. The part about her daughter “stealing her thunder” is ridiculous. One more reason to thank God for the mom I have.

    • Christin says:

      I had the same thought — that my mother would have never said anything like that. My mother lost her health right after my birth and never complained about it. Adding an inch or two to her waistline would have been the least of her worries by comparison. Priorities of the rich and vapid.

  27. Mrs Odie says:

    If she weren’t Cindy Crawford’s daughter, I doubt any modeling agency would look at her. She’s too short. Cindy is tall. I met her once. She was wearing heels, but she was close to 6 feet with them on. Her daughter looks to be about 5’6″ or 5’7″. I’m taller than that.

    I agree she looks like Rachel Bilson.

    As an aging mom with pretty daughters, I can relate to the feeling that it’s their turn to be beautiful and that isn’t easy.

    • FingerBinger says:

      You can be 5’6 or 5’7 and still be a model. It’s the runway where the models are usually tall and thin.

      • Bridget says:

        It’s very, very unusual. Typically agencies won’t even look at a girl if she’s under 5’8″ 5’9″.

    • Dee says:

      Cindy is 5’9″, or was before aging shrinkage. Her daughter is very petite and appears to be several inches shorter than mom. I’d put her at 5’2″.

    • GingerNYC says:

      Kate Moss is 5’7″ and she did ok

      • Bridget says:

        Basically, a model has to be Kate Moss (who is an icon) to be signed as a model at 5’7″. She is very much the exception.

      • Anne says:

        Yes, but Kate had a lot of charisma and a resonance with the zeitgeist of the time. She benefited hugely from that.

        (I hope my comment doesn’t discourage anyone who feels a desire to enter that world. Try. Listen to your gut. You never know what can happen when you take a shot.)

    • perplexed says:

      Why is the daughter not taller? Just wondering since her dad isn’t short either. I’m baffled as to why she isn’t as tall as her mother. Is there someone with the short gene in their family?

      I suppose the daughter could have a growth spurt later on but if she’s already 14 and that height, I assume her height is now fixed pretty much.

      • Sarah says:

        Who is fully grown at 14? She just turned 14 a few weeks back. She may have another “spurt” to go.
        Also, did you just ask “why isn’t she taller”??? Lol wtf

      • perplexed says:

        >>Also, did you just ask “why isn’t she taller”??? Lol wtf

        I phrased it badly, but yes I am surprised she’s not taller, considering where she gets her genes from — BOTH her parents are taller than the average. Just like both my parents are somewhat shorter than the average and I turned out short too. Inheriting your parents beauty could go either way (there’s no guarantee), but height usually gets passed down.

        I was fully grown at 14. I didn’t grow after 13. I know they say you can keep growing till you’re 18, but when I was 12, the doctor told me that this was it — chances are I wasn’t grow any taller. I was like “say what, everyone says you grow till you’re 18.” I might have had a spurt after that, but it was only an inch. And I don’t really remember anyone else having any intense spurts after the age of 13 either. Maybe Kaia is into her sports and that’s why the spurt that will take her to her mother’s height hasn’t happened yet, but considering how tall her parents are I think genetically she should have height on her side and I’m a little surprised that’s not showing up yet. It’s fairly rare to see two very tall people have a an average height kid.

      • Sarah says:

        More than 600 genes can determine someone’s height. Parents aren’t always an indicator of prospective height. Consider grandparents and aunts and uncles etc as well as many non genetic influences.

        It’s like eye colour – people are shocked when two blue eyed people have a brown eyed kid but eye colour, like height, is very complicated.

        Regardless of when YOU personally stooped growing, many girls will continue growing till 16, 18 or even 20 (less common). I probably reached my final height at 16 or 17 and I went through many growth spurts and surpassed the heights of my sisters and mother by far.

    • Fifee says:

      If youre using the photos provided to judge the height of Kaia, go look for more recent ones. These are from 2012 and she has grown a bit but she’s still not as tall as her mother or near it yet. As per her IMG Model page she stands at 5’5.5″

  28. meme says:

    she has seriously tweaked her face. women in Hollywood need to take note of Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep…sure they’ve probably had some tweaking too but they’ve always looked their age group.

    • PennyLane says:

      Naomi Watts, too. She looks fantastic and also still like herself. As a 47-year-old natural blond who looks like she’s only in her late thirties, Watts *must* have had some tweaking done.

  29. Margareth says:

    God, she is so shallow. It sounds like the Earth revolves around her looks.

  30. Cinderella says:

    Cindy may be self-centered, but she seems close to her kids. I would bet she has a very good relationship with her daughter. When those things are said about getting her hair and legs back, they have a laugh about it and it’s probably very sweet. I would doubt there is any unhealthy jealousy going on, because Cindy always appears hands-on and supportive with her kids.

    • Jayna says:

      I agree. I think she adores her kids. Although, I don’t agree with her pushing her kids into modeling so young. It does show that she’s not jealous of her daughter if she wants her to excel in the profession she was known for. I know people who have said, oh, my daughter has such beautiful skin, etc. How could I not appreciate it when I was younger? My cousin has said a couple of the same things about her daughter as Cindy and it was said with love and admiration and just a fact of life. She’s southern, so how she said it you can tell the intent, not some bitter person jealous of her daughter.

      I would hate for what I say to be read on here, because my friends and I make a lot of comments that could be picked apart. I said the other day that if I could lose five pounds and fit in my favorite thin jeans I would be so happy. My friend laughed and agreed. Thank God she didn’t go into a diatribe of how I am thin, so how shallow to base my happiness on wanting to be five pounds less to be able to go in my closet and fit in my favorite jeans comfortably or whatever else is in there that is snug. She understands it’s just a comment, not that all my happiness is based on that. Although, some days when I look in my closet ready to get dressed, my happiness for the day is based on how I fit in my clothes. LOL

    • Josephine says:

      I agree, but it seems like every single thing that these celebs say has to be pulled apart and assessed, and always in a negative way. Folks keep saying that she’s not smart, but she built a very big post-modeling career back when almost no models did, and she did it without social media. I have no doubt that she has a big head, but she’s very savvy and you hear very little about her kids. It seems like she’s kept their lives pretty normal.

  31. Keriann says:

    Her comments make her seem very jealous of her daughter’s youth and looks. I’ve also never gotten the “warm and loving Mother” vibe from her in regards to her children. She seems more like a manager or a boss. Come to think of if it, she has never seemed warm and loving at all…very cool and businesslike with everyone I’ve seen her interact with.

  32. Mrs. Darcy says:

    Her daughter just looks like a (very pretty) child to me, I have no understanding of why anyone would encourage their daughter,esp. at that age with the fashion industry’s horrific attitude to female beauty. Cindy was what 18 when she started seriously modelling? Why can’t her daughter wait, just be a normal kid? It’s not like she’s a super tall kid as others have pointed out, god forbid she doesn’t grow and it doesn’t work out if she goes for it now, I just don’t get it.

  33. decloo says:

    I was a child model in NYC and it was awful. I had to do it for the money but this little girl does not. I’m surprised that Cindy is okay with it. Let her finish school and go to college. She won’t want to model after she is exposed to the larger world.

  34. Nev says:

    Sometimes when reading one cannot get tone and can miss something that’s meant to be a joke or tongue and cheek. But we all realize that right?

  35. SwanLake says:

    I’ve always thought she had a hard look about her.

    • Kate says:

      Yes, she looks very hard and harsh these days. She’s too thin for her face, she has one of those faces that looks sunken and gaunt if you go under a certain weight. She’d look so much better if she’d stayed the same weight she was during her early modelling days.

  36. iheartgossip says:

    She is looking like Madame, the puppet. WoW has she had a lot of work done. Why the heavy thirst these days?? I saw her on Michael & Kelly the other morning, and smart she is not.

  37. perplexed says:

    I wonder if Cindy has ever had the temptation to cut her hair. Her hair has always looked the same — does she never get bored with it? Someone should ask her! (since she talks about her looks).

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      She cut her long hair once for a shooting with Patrick Demarchelier.After the haircut,everyone understood it was a wrong idea.Cindy was known to have the best hair of the model world in 80/90’s

  38. LAK says:

    Now I know why I liked Christy Turlington best. Smart AND beautiful.

  39. Liz says:

    In this younger picture of Cindy (before the cosmetic tweaking) one can see the resemblance with her daughter. Kaia inherited the arched eyebrows.
    I think Cindy would have aged well like Christy.

  40. danielle says:

    Why would anyone with means encourage their girls to model? The possibilities of eatind disorders, their worth equaling their looks, the short career span. With the educational opportunities her parents money could provide she could do so much more.

  41. HoustonGrl says:

    God I miss the 90s!!!

  42. Sunshine Gold says:

    Saying that your pregnancy wrecked your body or that you’re jealous of your daughter’s looks is something you gripe about with your friends – never, ever admit that in public, in a magazine, for all to read. Especially when you look like Cindy Crawford. She comes off all sorts of bad in this.